People Moves: Brew Dr Names Dan Stangler as New CEO

Brew Dr Kombucha announced this week it has appointed Dan Stangler as CEO, assuming the role from the brand’s founder Matt Thomas. Stangler’s CV includes 15 years with General Mills, serving as the business unit director for Annie’s and as senior business unit director.

Cleaning Up: Yerba Mate Breaks Out as Natural Energy Rises

When Guayaki launched in 1996, it sought to educate mainstream consumers about the clean and natural benefits of plant-based energy with its line of yerba mate drinks. Now, 25 years later, they may be catching on. In recent months, the yerba mate category has seen an influx of attention and innovation from startups and strategics alike.

Brew Dr. Keeps It Old School With New ‘Founder’s Series’ Line of Throwback Kombucha Flavors

The team at Brew Dr. Kombucha announced the launch of a new “Founder’s Series”  featuring the re-release of beloved recipes of Brew Dr. flavors that have come and gone over the years, each one for a few months at a time. The flavors to be revisited this year will include Mint Lemonade from February 1-April 30, Mango Habanero from May 1-August 31 and Northwest Hops

Brew Dr.’s Limited Release Watermelon Joins Full-Time Lineup

In early 2020 Brew Dr. Kombucha launched a deliciously refreshing Limited Release flavor: Watermelon. It quickly became a fan favorite, and now Brew Dr. is pleased to announce that Watermelon is here to stay — joining the brand’s full-time lineup of 14 flavors. Consumers will now be able to enjoy this sip of sunshine year-round.

Brew Dr. Launches CBD-Infused Kombucha Line ‘Tranquil’

Brew Dr. Kombucha is expanding its interest in functional ingredients with Tranquil, -- a new line containing 25 mg of CBD per 14 oz. bottle that is launching this week at stores in Oregon and Washington. The products feature flavors modeled after the Oregon-based kombucha maker’s existing Ginger Lemon, Superberry and Clear Mind SKUs.

Brew Dr. Shuts Down Townshend’s Distillery

The Oregon-based company announced in an Instagram post last week that it will close down its Townshend’s Distillery business on December 23. The distillery produced a variety of premium spirits made from the alcohol byproduct leftover from its kombucha brewing. However, the announcement noted that the closing of the distillery was not “goodbye,” but merely a “see you later” as the company explores options to reopen under a new model.

In the Courtroom: Court Rules ‘Fire Cider’ Generic Term in Shire City Lawsuit

A Massachusetts court has ruled “fire cider” is a generic term that cannot be trademarked, potentially ending a yearslong legal battle between herbal brand owners and tonic maker Shire City Herbals; New Class Action Targets Brew Dr.’s Probiotic Count; Court Rules in Favor of 5-Hour Energy in Costco Case

Expo West 2019 Gallery: Kombucha + Drinking Vinegars

In this slideshow gallery, we highlight some of the notable new kombucha and drinking vinegar products and brand redesigns as seen at Expo West 2019, including shelf-stable cans from Revive, a new look for Better Booch, and Odwalla’s hybrid “Smoobucha.”

Brew Dr. Kombucha Brings Back Vanilla Oak

Back by popular demand, Brew Dr. Kombucha’s winter seasonal, Vanilla Oak, is now available nationwide and in Canada. The limited-edition flavor features a crisp combination of fresh-scraped organic vanilla bean and oak steeped in a kettle with black tea.

Expo East 2018 Recap Pt. 2: Organic Association Meets, Plant-Based Goes Conventional

In the second and final part of our Natural Products Expo East 2018 recap, BevNET covers news emerging from the Organic Trade Association meeting and takes a look at some of the new products and developments in plant-based dairy, kombucha, functional waters and other categories.

People Moves: AQUAhydrate Names New COO Ahead of “Rebuilding Year”

In this edition of People Moves, Laarni Niro is named COO at alkaline water brand AQUAhydrate; David Ross takes the helm at Live Soda; Townshend Group adds another Stumptown Coffee veteran; ABA President Susan Neely moves on.

People Moves: Brew Dr. Names Marty Wall as President

Brew Dr. Kombucha has appointed EVP of Business Development Marty Wall as the company’s first President, the company told BevNET on Wednesday; John Fieldly approved as permanent CEO of Celsius

Health-Ade, Brew Dr. Targeted In Separate Class Action Lawsuits

Issues regarding the accuracy of sugar, alcohol and probiotic content in kombucha continue to haunt some of the category’s fastest-growing brands, as evidenced by a pair of class action lawsuits filed earlier this month.

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